Donations are needed for Smylie Community Fund

Christ­mas is just a week away, and stores are go­ing to be es­pe­cially crowded these next few days as folks try to find just the right gifts for loved ones.

Santa Claus will be com­ing to town, and will be leav­ing plenty of presents un­der Christ­mas trees. After the ex­change of gifts and re­li­gious ser­vices, fam­il­ies will gear up for a din­ner ex­tra­vag­anza. 

However, for some kids, there will be few, if any, gifts un­der their trees. And for many in­di­vidu­als and fam­il­ies, there will be no spe­cial din­ner. Yet, there is hope.

For the last 58 years, needy fam­il­ies have been able to count on the kind­ness of fel­low North­east res­id­ents.

The Times co­ordin­ates the Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund, which iden­ti­fies those in need and re­lies on the people of the North­east to send in dona­tions to help them have a merry Christ­mas.

At the be­gin­ning of the week, the Times had re­ceived well over a hun­dred re­quests for help from strug­gling people, along with let­ters from in­di­vidu­als seek­ing as­sist­ance for needy friends and fam­ily mem­bers.

Among them are a dis­abled West May­fair wo­man rais­ing her three grand­chil­dren; a Frank­ford moth­er of three who has a teen­age son in re­mis­sion from can­cer; a Holmes­burg wo­man who has a young son and been a vic­tim of do­mest­ic vi­ol­ence; a Castor Gar­dens man wor­ried that he can af­ford only dol­lar store gifts for his young daugh­ter after he lost his job and two weeks’ pay when his com­pany closed; and a May­fair wo­man with lung can­cer rais­ing three grand­chil­dren.

Also ar­riv­ing in the mail are many con­tri­bu­tions from read­ers who want to help the needy. We grate­fully ac­cept each dona­tion, no mat­ter how big or small.

All of the money goes dir­ectly to­ward gift cards for the less for­tu­nate. These gift cards are ar­riv­ing in the mail and will con­tin­ue to be sent out un­til Christ­mas.

If you’d like to donate, or if you’d like to make a re­quest for help, write to Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund, 2512 Met­ro­pol­it­an Drive, Tre­vose, PA 19053.

Or, you can email

Re­quests for help must be re­ceived by Fri­day.

If you are ask­ing for help for your­self or if you know of someone who needs as­sist­ance, please in­clude the name and con­tact num­ber of an agency or friend who can veri­fy the in­form­a­tion.

Here are some of the con­trib­ut­ors to this year’s fund:

• Rose­marie Pur­ette         $30 

• In memory of Reba and Mor­ris Pearl­stein and Jane and Wal­ter Mont­gomery                    $100

• Gia and Mena Por­reca        $25

• Linda Reich­ert         $10

• In memory of Mar­garet Evans-Tarpini­an   $25

• In memory of Yetta and Ju­li­us Cooper     $25

• Hed­wig Fo­ley         $15

• In memory of Cath­er­ine and Peggy     $50

• Mari­an Har­ring­ton         $20 

• In memory of Mar­garet Magee              $100

• Ferdin­and and Mary Tor­i­ello       $10

• Mar­garet and Charles Whit­lock     $10

• Wil­li­am and Bon­nie Hughes                $100

• McMe­nam­in Fam­ily Shop­Rite                $150

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